Back in January, the commitment of Michigan graduate transfer Logan Tuley-Tillman to the Cougs turned heads, as many thought he would make an early impact on the offensive line. Wednesday night we learned that he won't make his way to the Palouse in the fall, and instead he will continue his playing career at the University of Akron.
Logan Tuley-Tillman (@LoganTillman) June 23, 2016
In most cases getting a player from Michigan is a big get for the Cougs, and Tuley-Tillman's pedigree as a recruit out of high school certainly pointed to that. He was a four star prospect and ranked the No. 24 overall offensive tackle in 2013 class. The Illinois native did come with baggage, however, as he had been kicked off the Wolverine football team after being charged with three felonies. Tuley-Tillman plead guilty to two of the charges, and his recruitment had been quiet for a while.
His commitment was never set in stone, and WSU wasn't required to hold a spot for him. The latter seems like the likely explanation here. The coaching staff thought they were going to have space on the roster for him, but that didn't end up being the case. Or, maybe Akron was just a more desirable landing place now that northeast Ohio ended their championship drought (I kid).
This isn't of course the first time a WSU castoff was found near the shores of Lake Erie. Tuley-Tillman can hope to join the likes of Darryl Monroe and C.J. Mizell in the Zips' record books one day. While the transfer would have certainly added to the line's depth, the starters along the offensive front looked good during the spring. Tuley-Tillman likely would have had a difficult time trying to unseat Andre Dillard or Cody O'Connell during fall camp, after just being brought into the program.